Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the Stories They Tell

Moses, Nancy

Published by AltaMira Press, 2007
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Synopsis: Few beyond the insider realize that museums own millions of objects the public never sees. In Lost in the Museum, Nancy Moses takes the reader behind the â employees onlyâ doors to uncover the stories buriedâ along with the objectsâ in the crypts of museums, historical societies, and archives. Moses discovers the actual birds shot, stuffed, and painted by John James Audubon, Americaâ s most beloved bird artist; a spear that abolitionist John Brown carried in his quixotic quest to free the slaves; and the skull of a prehistoric Peruvian child who died with scurvy. She takes the reader to Ker-Feal, the secret farmhouse that Albert Barnes of the Barnes Foundation filled with fabulous American antiques and that was then left untouched for more than fifty years.

Weaving the stories of the object, its original owner, and the often idiosyncratic institution where the object resides, the book reveals the darkest secret of the cultural world: the precarious balance of art, culture, and politics that keep items, for decades, lost in the museum.

About the Author: A cultural development consultant and former executive director of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, Nancy Moses has spent much of her career bringing history to light―and to life.

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Title: Lost in the Museum: Buried Treasures and the...
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication Date: 2007
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